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Jonathan Meeks healthy but on Bills' bubble at safety

Continuing a monthlong series analyzing players who are on the roster bubble and where they potentially fit in 2015:

Name: Jonathan Meeks

Position: Safety

Age: 25

2014 stats: None (placed on injured reserve Sept. 16)

Chance of making 53-man roster: 55 percent

Why he should make it: There are a few factors working in Meeks' favor this summer. First, there is an unsettled depth chart at safety behind Aaron Williams, who missed offseason workouts after undergoing surgery. Duke Williams, Bacarri Rambo and Corey Graham all rotated as first-team safeties in OTAs and minicamp, but it's plausible for Meeks to work his way into that competition this August. Second, Rex Ryan has traditionally used as many as six or seven defensive backs in sub packages and hasn't been shy about keeping an extra safety or cornerback on his 53-man roster. Third, the Bills will have an extra roster spot for their season opener because of Marcell Dareus' suspension. With a pass-heavy opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, on the schedule, it would make sense for that final spot to be used on a defensive back like Meeks.

Why he shouldn't make it: A fifth-round pick in 2013, Meeks hasn't been able to stay healthy in the NFL. He missed eight games as a rookie with a foot injury and missed all of last season with a neck injury. He has been healthy so far this spring, but there's no guarantee that will continue through August. Even if he stays on the field, Meeks has slipped behind fellow 2013 draft choice Duke Williams, who is the favorite to start at safety alongside Aaron Williams. If Corey Graham, who worked at safety for OTAs and minicamp, remains at safety in training camp, there might not be a spot for Meeks. Keeping six cornerbacks -- Ron Brooks and Ross Cockrell are both on the bubble at that position -- also make it tougher for Meeks to make the Bills' final roster.

Closest competition: Rambo, Brooks, Cockrell